Category: Useful Writing Tips (Page 1 of 10)

How to Create Interesting Subplots that Move Your Story Forward

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What is life without the drama – the good and bad experiences, the whirlwind of complicated emotions, and the unexpected turn of events? No matter how much you hate the curveballs that life throws at you, the truth is that our existence will be reduced to a boring saga without the complexities and uncertainties of life. The same goes with writing a story.

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A Simple Thought Exercise to Motivate you to Write Again

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Have some writing you want to get done? Spend a couple minutes reading through this easy, 5 step exercise to motivate you to write and finally tackle your writing project head on.

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Best Practices for Indie Publishing Part 2: Distribution

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In the first part of this two-part series, we took a look at some of the ‘basic mechanics’ of indie publishing, in terms of best practices. In this post, we’ll look at the end game for publishers—the best practices for getting your book in front of readers.


Once you have your manuscript edited, laid out nicely, and accompanied by an amazing cover with a brilliant book description, it’s time to face the world.

Distribution can be tricky for indie authors, if only because there are so many options available. And there are questions:

  • Should I go wide (target distribution to multiple retailers) or stay exclusive (stick with a single retailer)?
  • Should I use an aggregate distributor to reach multiple eBook retailers, or should I go direct to each vendor?

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How to Write Your First Blog Post

If you’re thinking you are interested in the world of the blogging, but are looking for an effective way to begin, read on.

We put together this step-by-step, comprehensive how-to for new bloggers, taken directly from our Blog Smart Project, which is  interactive content available in our writing tool TheRightMargin. It is a demonstration of the power of having a contextual interactive guide right alongside where you write. Currently, in TheRightMargin, there are “smart projects” for Blog, Novel, Short Story, Expository Essay, Letter to Congress, and more on the way.

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Writing with a Checklist: Submission Guidelines


At TheRightMargin, we find writing much easier with a checklist by our side. Let’s see this idea in action with an example familiar to anyone who’s submitted their work to a literary journal, magazine, or writing contest. Even if you haven’t done any of those things, read on to see how you can make your first submission go smoother and faster by following submission guidelines.

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